Take It Outside

Even if the temperature has dipped and frozen powder covers the landscape, the great outdoors can still be your playground. A little preparation will let you stay active and have fun in the winter wonderland.

  • Warm up: Before you head out, walk briskly or jog in place for 5 minutes to warm up your muscles. Then add a few stretches before and after your workout.
  • Layer up: Start with a base layer of light, yet breathable, sweat–wicking material — such as silk or polyester — to retain body heat. Depending on the temperature, you may want to add a mid layer of fleece or cotton. A waterproof outer layer is good if it’s windy or raining. Add a cap, mittens or gloves, and thicker socks to protect your extremities.
  • Stay safe: Try exercising with a friend — it’s safer and more enjoyable. Be sure to wear reflective gear, and stick to well–lit, well–used paths.
  • Maintain motivation: Reward yourself for making the effort with new workout gear, a massage, or a healthy lunch out when you reach a milestone. Keep your routine fresh by trying a different route.
  • Keep hydrated: It’s just as important to stay hydrated when it’s cold. Drink 1–2 cups of water an hour before you exercise, at least 4–8 ounces every 30 minutes during your physical activity, and 2 cups or more after you finish.

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